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Last Updated: Sunday, 9 July 2006, 09:37 GMT 10:37 UK
Tour de France stage eight photos

Serhiy Honchar

Serhiy Honchar has the yellow jersey at the start of stage eight - a 181km ride from Saint-Meen-le-Grand to Lorient

The stage gets underway

Honchar is flanked by leading sprinter Robbie McEwen and leading climber Jerome Pineau as the stage gets underway

A bag-pipe player performs

A bag-pipe player performs as once again the French public line the route to cheer the competitors on

The pack rides through Saint-Goueno

The pack rides through the village of Saint-Goueno, western France, chasing a six-man breakaway

The devil  holds a message to France's football team

The famous "devil", an eccentric German who follows the Tour every year cheers on the riders and the French football team ahead of the World Cup final

Germany's Jens Voigt

Germany's Jens Voigt boldly leads a breakaway from the pack during the early stages of the race

Sylvain Calzati makes his escape

But France's Sylvain Calzati makes good his escape from 30km out and clinches his first Tour stage victory

Calzati celebrates

Calzati shows his delight at the finish - he wins all four of the categorised climbs on the otherwise flat stage

Serhiy Honchar

Honchar retains the yellow jersey and leads by a minute from American Floyd Landis with no change in the overall top 10

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